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  • International Forum for Sports Integrity Tackles Corruption


    (ATR) The effort to prevent competition manipulation and corruption in sport is growing.

    The second IFSI was held at the Olympic Museum. (ATR)
    The second edition of the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI), chaired by the IOC president Thomas Bach, was held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on Wednesday.

    The IOC said the event brought together some 180 participants including those representing governments, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Council of Europe, the European Union, INTERPOL, Europol, sports betting operators, national regulating authorities, Olympic Movement stakeholders and other experts to collaborate on the protection of clean sport.

    The highlight of the Forum was a declaration which outlines the establishment of an Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and the launch of an International Sports Integrity Partnership.

    The IOC says the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions “will streamline related IOC initiatives and engage Olympic Movement stakeholders, including International Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs), athletes and their entourage more strongly.

    “The International Sports Integrity Partnership will help prevent the risk of corruption in sport, enable better cooperation between the key stakeholders and ensure a coordinated approach to the implementation of dedicated measures.”

    Progress reports on these new initiatives will be presented during the third IFSI, scheduled for 2019.

    "As the role of sport in society continues to grow, so do the expectations of the public with regard to the credibility of sports organizations," Bach said during his opening speech. "The standards of good governance are ever evolving for every one of us."

    The first edition of the IFSI took place two years ago, shortly after the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, and led to the creation of several tools to combat corruption in sport.

    Written by Gerard Farek

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